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Prevent, Promote & Protect

The mission of the Needham Public Health Division since 1877 has been to prevent
and control the spread of disease, to address environmental issues, to promote
healthy lifestyles, and protect the public health and social well-being of all citizens,
especially the most vulnerable.

Learn about flu facts
The Flu Guide for Parents
Cold Flu Comparison
Weekly state Flu report
Flu information for the general public
The Needham Public Health Division is giving flu vaccines by
appointment only Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays 8:00-9:30 AM.

Recently the Needham Public Health Division received a grant from the
FDA to support the adoption of the 2013 Food Code and 2015 Food Code
Supplement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Needham’s
Public Health Division currently uses the 1999 Food Code with
state specific food regulations for enforcement. The state of
Massachusetts as a whole is looking to uniformly adopt the 2013 .
Food Code at some point in the near future. While a majority of cities
and towns in Massachusetts still use the 1999 Food Code,
there are some communities which have adopted the 2013 Food Code with the
2015 supplement ahead of the rest of the state. The Town of Needham may be
the next town to do so. The new code brings in some science-based changes for
how food is handled and stored to help reduce the five major foodborne illness
risk factors as established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The
Needham Public Health Division believes that these changes will provide
benefits for both the food industry and regulators. 

At its monthly 7:00 a.m. meeting on March 9th at the Needham Golf Club,
the Needham Board of Health will vote upon whether to adopt 2013 Food
Code and 2015 Food Code Supplement. If approved by a Board vote, the
new standards would take effect in July 2018. Comments will be accepted
at the March 9th public meeting, and will also be accepted through
Wednesday March 7th in writing via electronic or postal mail. Please send
comments to or to Public Health Division,
1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492. A copy of this notice is
available for interested parties to review on the Public Health Division’s
website at

PRESS RELEASE—Needham’s Public Health Division Receives Three
Food Safety Grant Awards from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
View press release here

PRESS RELEASE - Needham's Public Health Division Receives Grant 
Funding to Support Continuous Process Improvement and Accreditation
Efforts. View press release here 

Revise Article 19, Regulation Governing the Practice of Bodywork in 

Needham in the interest of, and for the preservation of, the public health. 
The amendments to the regulation cover licensure, application, and 
renewal requirements. The regulation shall be considered in Needham in
the interest of, and for the preservation of, the public health.  This summary 
shall serve as notice to all.  A copy of the proposed regulation can be 
viewed here.

Dumpster Maintenance Requirements

During the hot and humid summer weather, keeping up with dumpster
requirements is more important than ever! Overfilled dumpsters with
open covers and odors are common summertime public health nuisance

Please take a moment to review with your staff the following reminders
to keep your dumpster clean and maintained:

Click here to view the All Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
Stop Addiction

For information, support and resources for Opioid Addiction, please visit:

Learn2cope and MA General ARMS (Addiction Recovery
Management Service) have additional information
on support groups, resources and other links:

MA General ARMS:         

Draft Concussion Regulation:

Extreme Cold Weather Preparedness Tips

Preventing West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito Borne Illness

For more information, contact Norfolk County Mosquito Control

Important Links
Timothy McDonald
Director of Public Health

Inquiry To Health Dept.

Town Hall
1471 Highland Ave. 
Needham, MA  02492

Ph: 781-455-7500 Ext. 511
Fx: 781-455-0892

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.